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Parenting site Mom365 has just revealed their list of the most popular names given to babies in 2017.

Most Popular Baby Names of 2017

  1. Emma
  2. Liam
  3. Noah
  4. Olivia
  5. Ava

Most Popular Baby Girl Names of 2017

  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Ava
  4. Isabella
  5. Sophia

Most Popular Baby Boy Names of 2017

  1. Liam
  2. Noah
  3. Elijah
  4. Logan
  5. Mason 

Source: Yahoo Finance

iTunes has just released their annual list of the most downloaded free apps of the year. 

The Most Downloaded Free Apps on iTunes for 2017

  1. Bitmoji
  2. Snapchat
  3. YouTube
  4. Facebook Messenger
  5. Instagram
  6. Facebook
  7. Google Maps
  8. Netflix
  9. Spotify
  10. Uber 

Source: USA Today

When we’re so busy making a list and checking it twice, it’s easy to get wrapped up in present buying and forget that this season is also about giving. So helping those less fortunate is important during the holidays and here are some easy ways to make it happen during this hectic season.

  • Donate winter coats - Find a charity drive or just take them to your local goodwill, either way your old winter coat can help someone in need stay warm. To find a coat drive check out org.
  • Use TinyPrints for holiday cards - If you’re already planning to send holiday cards, using this site makes giving back so easy. TinyPrints is donating a quarter of the proceeds from certain cards to Baby2Baby, a charity that provides low-income children with diapers, clothing and other necessities.
  • Visit a soup kitchen or food bank - Drop off the extra cans of cranberries or leftover bags of pita chips you didn’t use or shop for a few staples to take to your local food pantry or soup kitchen. Find a Feeding America Food Bank at org.
  • Adopt a letter through Operation Santa - For more than 100 years, the U.S. Postal Service has allowed charities and individuals to “adopt” a kid’s letter to Santa. You just need to respond and sign it “Mr. Claus” and use a North Pole return address. Find out more about Operation Santa here.

Source: PureWow

A survey by CareerBuilder finds that 74% of employers say they’ve hired the wrong person for a position.  Bad hires can cost companies an average of $14,900, with 37% of companies saying it resulted in less productivity, 32% saying it resulted in lost time trying to recruit and train another worker, and 31% saying it compromised quality of work.  Letting good workers go can cost them even more, with the average cost of losing a good hire  around $29,600 this year.  So, what constitutes a bad hire for employers? Reasons given include:

  • The worker didn't produce the proper quality of work (54%)
  • The worker had a negative attitude (53%)
  • The worker didn't work well with other workers (50%)
  • The worker had immediate attendance problems (46%)
  • The worker's skills did not match what they claimed to be able to do when hired (45%) 

And hiring the wrong worker isn’t the only costly mistake employers are making. In fact, letting good workers go can cost them even more. Turns out, the average cost of losing a good hire this year was $29,600. And losing those workers could come down to how they are treated. The survey finds that while 75% of workers believe they are loyal to their employer, only 54% believe their company is loyal to them.

Source: Yahoo Finance

According to the Pantone Color Institute, “Ultra Violet” will be the color for 2018, replacing last year’s color “greenery.” The company says the color, "communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us towards the future.” It also represents "counterculture, unconventionality, and artistic brilliance," and is noted for its “mystical or spiritual quality." Huh?

Source: USA Today

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